This was a great activity for National Poetry Month. And it also helped the kids think outside their own little realm. I put every one of my students’ names on notecards, along with their locker numbers. Each kid drew one. The names were from all my students in all my classes, so the name drawn might be from someone they knew well, knew a little bit, knew of, or didn’t know at all.
Their task was to then write an acrostic poem for the person. They did a rough draft, revised, and then did a final draft on a sheet of colored paper.
Finally, each student hung the poem on the person’s locker.
It was so fun. Every kid loved writing their poem, and they loved receiving theirs. It was a fantastic lesson in empathy and poetic language.